fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Definition of fabric

b : underlying structure : framework the fabric of society
2 : an act of constructing : erection specifically : the construction and maintenance of a church building
3a : structural plan or style of construction
b : texture, quality used chiefly of textiles
c : the arrangement of physical components (as of soil) in relation to each other
b : a material that resembles cloth
5 : the appearance or pattern produced by the shapes and arrangement of the crystal grains in a rock

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Synonyms for fabric

Synonyms

cloth, textile

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Examples of fabric in a Sentence

The curtains are made of expensive fabric. scarves made of woven fabrics the fabric of the community
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Ran it through different speeds, put it through echo chambers, had a lot of fun building the telemetry backgrounds which are part of the fabric of Star Wars. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Real World Stuff Behind Star Wars' Iconic Sounds," 3 Apr. 2019 And somehow, the colorful fabric was pretty much undetectable under everything, including white tees. Glamour, "The Natori Feathers Bra Has a Cult Following—and For Good Reason," 19 Mar. 2019 More often than not, the fabrics are her own design. House Beautiful, "There's Pattern in Every Room of This Designer's Happy Home," 7 Mar. 2019 The collection, which is available for purchase today, includes six fabrics from the Scalamandré archive and one brand new print, all of which can be paired with any of The Inside’s frames—from screens to headboards and more. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Inside Collaborates with Scalamandré on First-Ever Heritage Collection," 19 Feb. 2019 The fabric is well-suited for activities like hiking to the top of a volcano (or sprinting through an airport). Gray Chapman, SELF, "The Pants That Got Me Through 3 Days of an Active Vacation Without My Luggage," 26 Jan. 2019 Facial recognition is becoming part of the fabric of everyday life. James Vincent, The Verge, "The tech industry doesn’t have a plan for dealing with bias in facial recognition," 26 July 2018 My older child was immediately drawn to a silky Ulla Johnson dress that, with its hard-to-care-for fabric, never would have made its way into our collective shopping cart as an actual purchase, but as a one-time rental? Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Rent the Runway Launches Kids—and My Two Daughters Took It for a Test Drive," 8 Apr. 2019 Must-have styles this season include ruffles, ruching, florals, polka dots and textured fabric. Teen Vogue, "The 14 Best Spring Dresses Under $200," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of fabric

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabric

borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French fabrique "act of construction, something created or constructed, the created world, structure, construction and maintenance of a church," borrowed from Medieval Latin fabrica, going back to Latin, "process of making something, craft, art, workshop," noun derivative from *fabricus "of a craftsman," from fabr-, faber "craftsman, smith" (perhaps going back to dialectal Indo-European *dhabh-r- —perhaps of non-Indo-European origin— whence also Armenian darbin "smith," from *dhabh-r-sneh2) + -icus -ic entry 1

Note: The Latin derivative fabrica may have been shortened from fabrica ars, perhaps literally "smith's craft, smith's place of work." The base *dhabh-r- has been compared with Gothic gadaban "to happen, be suitable" and a host of related words (see daft), though the semantic link is tenuous.

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The first known use of fabric was in the 15th century

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fabric

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fabric

: woven or knitted material
: the basic structure of something

fabric

noun
fab·​ric | \ ˈfa-brik How to pronounce fabric (audio) \

Kids Definition of fabric

2 : the basic structure the fabric of society

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